The follow-up to Matt Haig's bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, is Notes on a Nervous Planet.
The problem with the 21st Century where the answer to every question ever asked is at the end of our fingertips is that our brains can't cope with the information overload. It's literally too much. The constant screaming headlines, the good, the bad and the ugly of the entire planet encased in one easily obtained and relatively inexpensive hand-held device. It's a lot for our brains to process and while there's also a flip side of course in that this ultra-connectivity also allows us conversations with people we'd never ordinarily meet, in places we'd never ordinarily go, and knowledge we'd never ordinarily have, that connectivity comes with an unwelcome and anxious price tag.
We're reminded ironically of the 80s kids' show - Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead
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